The Commonwealth of New Bayswater

Jessee Lee Johns

Rohin Kickett

Jacob Diamond

Date and Time

  • 5-21 Nov
  • Downtown (East Street Jetty, Fremantle)
  • 5 - 21 Nov
  • Thurs – Fri, 5 – 10pm
  • Sat – Sun, 2 – 10pm
  • Public Works & Embassy (The Naval Store, Fremantle)
  • 5 - 21 Nov
  • Thurs – Fri, 5 – 10pm
  • Sat – Sun, 2 – 10pm
  • The Inverted Museum of History (Blackwall Reach, Bicton)
  • 5 - 21 Nov
  • Thurs - Sun
  • 10am - 6pm

Entry

  • Day Visa Entry (FREE), Night Visa Entry ($10 + booking fee)
  • Booking Essential

Accessibility

Date and Time

  • 5-21 Nov
  • Downtown (East Street Jetty, Fremantle)
  • 5 - 21 Nov
  • Thurs – Fri, 5 – 10pm
  • Sat – Sun, 2 – 10pm
  • Public Works & Embassy (The Naval Store, Fremantle)
  • 5 - 21 Nov
  • Thurs – Fri, 5 – 10pm
  • Sat – Sun, 2 – 10pm
  • The Inverted Museum of History (Blackwall Reach, Bicton)
  • 5 - 21 Nov
  • Thurs - Sun
  • 10am - 6pm

Entry

  • Day Visa Entry (FREE), Night Visa Entry ($10 + booking fee)
  • Booking Essential

Accessibility

The Commonwealth of New Bayswater will be establishing and opening its borders for the duration of the Fremantle Biennale.

The small and ephemeral nation, a collection of territories including a cultural capital in the east (The Inverted Museum of History) to the industrial heartland in the west (the state-run Public Works and Embassy), and its commercial centre (in the centre), will be offering single entry tourist visas to travelers from all over the world. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to experience all this quasi-functional state has to offer, from live performances by international acts, culture, public toilets, views of bridges and carparks, free potable water and more. Grab your passport, lower your expectations and embark on a 100% genuine overseas journey. Discover one of the world’s most accessible tourist destinations!

For more information and to plan your visit wikitravel.newbayswater.com

To purchase a visa click here

For the Inverted Museum of History Program click here

For the Downtown Music Program click here

To book your stay at the New Bayswater Motor Inn click here

For all your Commonwealth of New Bayswater News click here

Downtown Music Program includes: Akioka, Bad Whippp, Cooper Cooper, DJ Hame, DJ Sepsaay, DJ Willy Slade, Dear Sealed Section, Gia Como, Grace Sanders, Haircare, Heathcote Blue, HeebeeGBCbees, Jacob Diamond, Jxnior Moyo, Lia T, Luka Buchanan, Montana, Mothswatter, New Nausea, Nika Mo, Nina BC, Nora Zion, Pip Who, Rare Faction, Rok Riley, Russell Holmes, Seacrest Gardens, Stella Donnelly, The Commonwealth of New Bayswater National Choir, Toby Diamond, XO GS.

About the artists

Jessee Lee Johns

Jessee Lee Johns’ practice is rooted in a DIY philosophy of lowered standards and tactical ignorance that has generated a list of impressive-sounding achievements. Jessee has exhibited extensively outside the gallery system both nationally and internationally. He is the Co-founder and Director of the Contemporary Institute Of Modern Art (CIOMA), an international and pan-temporal art institution with sites in 2015, 2016, Cambodia, 2018 and 2020.

Rohin Kickett

Rohin Kickett is a Nyoongar artist from the Balardong region. His practice revolves around paint and photography with a particular focus on mark making. The inspiration behind his work stems from experiencing first hand the impact of colonisation on his family and community and from his connection to Country. Rohin is driven to shed light on the issues that Aboriginal people are facing today with a willingness to foster stronger relationships with the broader Australian public.

Jacob Diamond

Jacob Diamond is a song maker from Western Australia based in Naarm (Melbourne). After years of avant-pop songwriting, playing Perth’s nooks and crannies and assembling releases, all to various local and national acclaim. Jacob developed an anaphylaxis-level allergy to self and spent the last few remaining pre-pandemic years playing guitar for others and performing in plays. After tours and detours with Methyl Ethel, Stella Donnelly and New Nausea, Jacob returned to the songwriting landscape in 2021 with the tender, ghostly new single Bay of Fleas and is in the throes of recording his second LP. The long-time cross-discipline collaboration between Jacob and Jewel of the West, Jessee Lee Johns, continues at the 2021 Biennale.

Downtown

21 Beach St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

Public Works and Embassy

The Naval Store, Canning Highway, Fremantle WA, Australia

The Museum of Inverted History

Jetty 1367, corner of Blackwall Reach Parade and Kent Street, Bicton

In order to enter the Commonwealth of New Bayswater as a foreign citizen, you will need a visa.

There are two types of visas available, day time and night time. Visas can be secured online. Otherwise you can go to the Embassy, worth a visit in it’s own right, and get a visa there.

Day time visas are free and are valid from 10am-5pm. Night time visas cost $10 Australian, and are valid from 5-10pm.

To purchase a visa click here.

Locations:

Downtown

Downtown is located next to the East Street Jetty car park, Fremantle.

Public Works & Embassy

The Public Works and Embassy is down the stairs from Tuckfield Park, Fremantle and behind the Naval Store.

The Inverted Museum of History

The Inverted Museum Of History is adjacent to the corner of Blackwall Reach Parade and Kent Street, Bicton.

Event information:

For night sessions, bring warm clothes, for day sessions, a hat and sun protection.

Weather:

There is some shelter available, although limited. We recommend bringing a hat for day sessions, and warm clothes for night sessions.

Latecomers:

There are no lockouts, although be sure to pick up your visa prior to visiting!

Facilities: Toilets (including accessible toilets) are available at Downtown and the Inverted Museum of History, and in the Naval Store next to the Embassy.

The Embassy and The Commonwealth of New Bayswater

Parking:

Parking can be located at:

1 Beach St Car Park

East St Jetty Car Park (Closed during Moombaki, 5 – 7 November, 2 – 10pm)

Town of East Fremantle, Public Car Park No 4

245 Queen Victoria Street Car Park (North Fremantle)

Trains:

Take the Fremantle Line to North Fremantle or Fremantle Station, from which you can walk (approx. 20 minutes) or catch a bus to the location.

Buses:

From Fremantle Station: Catch the 910 bus to stop 10438, from which it is a short walk down to the river shore or the Naval Store.

From Canning Bridge: Catch the 910 bus to stop 11968, from which it is a short walk down to the river shore or the Naval Store.

From North Fremantle: Catch the 103/999 bus to Stop 10423, and take the stairs down to Beach St or cross the road and head to the Naval Store.

The Museum of Inverted History:

Parking:

There is a nearby Car Park located on Blackwall Reach Parade.

Public Transport:

From Fremantle Station, catch the 910 Bus to Stop No. 10438, from which it is a 13 minute walk to the Museum of Inverted History. Alternatively, catch the 148 Bus to Stop No. 10439, and walk for 9 minutes.

From Canning Bridge Station, catch the 910 Bus to Stop No. 11968, from which it is a 20 minute walk to the Museum of Inverted History. Alternatively, catch the 148 Bus to Stop No. 11968, and walk for 9 minutes.

The Commonwealth of New Bayswater territories and buildings  are all accessible, with parking nearby at the following locations.

The locations themselves include paved and grassed areas with some uneven flooring.

Parking:

Downtown: Accessible parking is available at East Street Jetty Car Park, which is a short walk (50m) to the event area.

The Inverted Museum of History: Accessible parking is available at the corner of Blackwall Reach Parade and Kent Street, Bicton. The event area is a short walk (100m) along a footpath and grassed area.

Public Works and Embassy: parking and ramp access from Tuckfield Oval Parkland, Fremantle. The event area is accessed down a ramp and a footpath, a 180m walk.

Access Program and Events:

Tactile & Audio-Described Tour, The Commonwealth of New Bayswater (Downtown), Sat 13 Nov, 2 – 4pm. For more information and bookings visit our Access Program page.

 

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Presenting Partners


Photos: Duncan Wright, Jessee Lee Johns, Deanna Shanahan

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